UNC Civil Rights Center Is Not Allowed To Launch New Litigation, Pending Decision from Board of Governors
The Dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has disallowed Center for Civil Rights to get involve in new litigation until devcsion about its activity is determined by the University’s Board of Governors. A committee is currently reviewing its activity.
Decision from dean Martin Brinkley has made the Center to maintain its focus on the litigation and cases that the Center for Civil Rights currently handles, according to The Herald Sun. The Center is managed under the law school of UNC-Chapel Hill and the education-policy committee of the UNC’s Board of Governors is currently reviewing the Center for its mission and activities.
Founded in 2001, the Center for Civil Rights of the UNC School of Law is committed to advancement of the civil rights and social justice in the American South. Its primary activity is to promote research, both empirical and analytical as well as to confront legal and social issues. Focus of the Center’s attentions and works are education, housing and community development, economic justice and voting rights.
However, according to the Board of Governors, the Center has strayed from its core mission to strengthen analytical and empirical research. The Center has involved more in handling litigation and managing legal cases rather than legal research.
In order to evaluate the alignment of the Center’s activity to core mission, the committee from the Board of Governors evaluates the Center. The committee of education policy also asked opinion from the UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt and the North Carolina’s Central University Interim Chancellor Johnson Akinleye to reorganize the Center for Civil Rights.
The current head of Center for Civil Rights is law professor Ted Shaw with Mark Dorosin as the senior managing attorney at the Center. Watch the Southern Education Foundation interview with Dorosin regarding the legal and social equality in education below: